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Why Bill Neville donated Auburn basketball to change name

Why Bill Neville donated Auburn basketball to change name

AUBURN — In late February, the courtside couple strolled through the arena that would soon bear their name. They were there to watch the Auburn basketball team practice in a nearly empty gym, away from cameras and other suits and ties.

They had recently made the largest donation in Auburn athletic history, despite neither husband nor wife having attended Auburn.

As the Tigers’ home was officially renamed Neville Arena on Friday, Bill Neville began and ended his speech with a testimonial: “I love basketball.”

It is now this name that will be attached to the building which opened its doors in 2010 and which has established itself as one of the great assets of the modern university basketball court.